02/08/2006 1:00AM

Big-earner Mona Rose makes 2nd U.S. start

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Skip Smith
Aclassysassylassy, off the board in her last three starts, faces older for the second time Friday.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Mona Rose has started 22 times, 21 of them in races at Woodbine. The only time the veteran turf mare ventured south of the border was the summer of 2004, when she finished off the board in Saratoga's Grade 3 Ballston Spa Breeders' Cup Handicap.

was turned over to trainer Peter Walder by owners Paul and Frank O'Brien and sent to south Florida at the end of her 2005 campaign. She makes her second U.S. appearance in Friday's $46,000 feature at Gulfstream Park and may be the one to beat in a wide-open field of 11 filly and mares slated to go a mile on the grass.

Mona Rose did well in her native Canada, earning over $500,000, the bulk of that money earned in 2004 when she captured 4 of 8 starts, including the Grade 3 Dance Smartly Stakes. She has also run in each of the last two renewals of the Grade 1 E. P. Taylor Stakes, finishing fifth, beaten three lengths, after encountering trouble two years ago, and seventh, less than five lengths behind the winner, after another rough trip last fall.

Mona Rose has trained forwardly for Walder in preparation for her south Florida debut and will have the services of jockey Mike Smith for the first time on Friday.

Mona Rose should have plenty of pace to run at with Path of Thunder, Please Take Me Out, My Ro, Cat Alert, and Changing World in the lineup. Path of Thunder, trained by Todd Pletcher, could prove best of that group. Cat Alert also demands respect, although she will be making her first start since mid-October at Keeneland.

also should benefit from an honest pace. An Argentine-bred, Brunilda rallied to finish a head behind My Lordship in the Connie Ann Stakes at Calder two starts back, then fell victim to an eventful trip when fifth behind that same rival in the Marshua's River Stakes here last month. Brunilda was a two-time stakes winner for trainer Stanley Hough in 2005.

Natalie Beach also does her best running from behind and comes off her best effort in many months when a late-striding third in the Marshua's River.

seeks to recapture the form that made her Calder's 2-year-old filly champion in 2004 and helped her win the Judy's Red Shoes in only her second start on grass in the fall. But she has finished off the board in three subsequent starts and will be facing older horses for only the second time in her career on Friday.

Chancey Light and High Court complete the lineup.